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Covid-19 coronavirus: Queensland refuse to join transtasman travel bubble

Queensland's Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has ruled out the state joining a proposed transtasman travel bubble. Palaszczuk today warned of "catastrophic" consequences if Australia's international borders are opened.She has faced...


Serious crash near Otorohanga: One dead in State Highway 3 collision

One person is dead after a serious crash on State Highway 3 in the central North Island tonight. The two-car crash happened on a section of Otorohanga Rd at 6.30pm. DO YOU KNOW MORE? EMAIL US The road was expected to remain...


Leighton Smith Podcast Episode 92

On this week's podcast: I talk with Britain's most quoted sociologist, Frank Furedi. He is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Kent, and a prolific author. His 25 books are diverse in content; education, borders,...


Psychiatrist says Cambridge horse rider Laken Rose 'suffers from dependent personality disorderly and PTSDtrial continues

A Cambridge horse rider on trial for sexually abusing young girls with her partner has a dependent personality disorder and PTSD which made her more vulnerable to coercion.That was the opinion of psychiatrist Dr Peter Dean who gave...


Wild night at Auckland strip club: Gunfire claims, five injuries, one arrest

A strip club patron says a gun was brandished during a wild night in which five people were injured, one arrested, and two sent to hospital.Police are aware of firearm claims but haven't found any proof a gun was presented or fired...


Jail for community stalwart after fatal accident - sleeping pill drugs found in his bloodstream

A fatal crash caused by a "completely worthwhile member" of Whangārei's community has seen the man sent to prison after a guilty plea to a police case that included evidence of sleeping medication in his blood.Wayne John Purdon,...


Baby murder trial: Jury hears closing arguments

Did Shane Claude Roberts violently assault baby Karlos Stephens causing head trauma that resulted in his death?Or was it the baby's mother Pamela Stephens who was suffering from "significant" mental issues and had given him away...


'Only in Ōpōtiki': Walk of shame for emu after runaway escapade

First it was roaming horses. Now Ōpōtiki has its own wandering emu, which on Sunday could be seen dodging cars, kids on bikes, and local law enforcement.But the unusual escapade did not last long when police swooped to...


Portobello mum not expecting apology from fire pit neighbour

A Dunedin mother says she doesn't expect to hear an apology from the neighbour whose smouldering fire pit destroyed her home and possessions.Fire investigators have confirmed that embers from the day-old fire pit did cause the blaze...


From a top hat to an oath race: The 53rd Parliament is sworn in

As Māori Party co-leader Rawiri Waititi made his way through the House to swear his allegiance to the Queen he promised to challenge the authority which belittled the Treaty of Waitangi."Ka tohe au! Ka tohe au! Ka tohe au,"...


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Rugby: Liam Messam reveals how his All Blacks career almost came to a premature end and issues with Steve Hansen

By Despite accruing well over 300 first-class appearances, two Commonwealth Games titles and one Rugby World Cup, former All Black Liam Messam's career has been anything but smooth-sailing.The 36-year-old recently...


America's Cup 2021: Behind the scenes of Team New Zealand's build of second boat

Team New Zealand have released a video showing the intense behind the scenes efforts from the design team to build their second America's Cup boat.Team NZ unveiled their second AC75 Te Rehutai last week, impressing onlookers with...


Cricket: Black Caps set to discuss possibly kneeling with West Indies prior to opening Twenty20

The Black Caps are set to have discussions with the West Indies as to whether they will take a knee prior to their opening international Twenty20 at Eden Park.The New Zealand international cricket summer gets underway with the Caps'...


Cricket: Injury blow for Black Caps with all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme ruled out of test series

Black Caps all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme has been ruled out of the upcoming test series against the West Indies due to bone bruising in his right foot, and will be replaced by Daryl Mitchell.Spinner Ajaz Patel is also out of the...


Tri Nations: 'Trending downwards' - Shocking stats show All Blacks' massive decline in crucial area

The All Blacks must improve in one crucial area if they are to avoid a third straight loss against the Pumas on Saturday, says former All Black and Māori All Blacks coach Tabai Matson.Speaking on Sky Sport's The Breakdown,...


'Wtf are you on about?': NRL star Jarryd Hayne's text exchange after alleged rape, heard in court

WARNING: Graphic content NRL star Jarryd Hayne texted "Wtf are you on about?" to a woman he allegedly sexually assaulted after she accused him of mistreating her, a court has heard.Hayne's Newcastle District Court trial in Australia...


Tri Nations rugby: All Blacks coaches hold team back in training for Argentina clash as intensity rises

The All Blacks have been reined in by assistant coach John Plumtree after it appeared they had peaked too early ahead of Saturday's rematch against Argentina. The side are into their second week of training following a historic...


Cricket: New Zealand Cricket's Greg Barclay elected as Independent ICC Chair

Auckland-based commercial lawyer Greg Barclay has landed one of the biggest, most politically charged jobs in sport.An email was sent at 3am this morning by the independent auditors EY, confirming that Barclay had secured the two-thirds...


Basketball: Steven Adams is now officially a member of the New Orleans Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans have confirmed the signing of Kiwi NBA star Steven Adams.The NBA franchise announced the arrival of Adams who makes the move from the Oklahoma City Thunder where he was played since 2013."Please help us...


Latest North Korean defector reported to be a gymnast who jumped border fence

In the annals of great escapes, vaulting the barbed wire, heavily-surveilled fence that separates the mined no-man's land between North and South Korea would surely feature strongly. According to the South Korean media this week,...


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Covid-19: Explaining China's claims of coronavirus on frozen foods

China has stirred controversy with claims it has detected the coronavirus on packages of imported frozen food, including NZ beef.


A fatal crash has closed part of State Highway three in Ōtorohanga

Police have confirmed a person has died after a two-vehicle crash on State Highway 3 in Ōtorohanga


Linton soldier is the first New Zealander to be charged with espionage

A soldier who led a white nationalist group is the first to face a charge of espionage, allegedly threatening New Zealand's security or defence.


Walk of shame for Opotiki emu after failed bid for freedom

An emu, believed to be called Henry, had to be herded back home by the local constabulary after escaping its enclosure.


Heavy rain causes flooding chaos in Te Awamutu

Burst of heavy rain damaged Christmas stock in shops and caused the roof of one café to collapse.


Covid-19: Global location number on QR code scanning app 'nothing scary'

The 13-digit number, which is visible in individual diary entries in the app, isn’t used to track your movements nor is it shared globally. Here's what it does and how it's used.


Woman on trial for child sexual exploitation accused of lying to the court

Prosecution attacks Laken Rose's credibility, saying she was into photos and videos, but psychiatrist says she was "particularly vulnerable to coercion".


Angry residents plead with city council to remove smelly compost plant

Frustrated Christchurch residents have pleaded with the city council to get rid of a smelly compost plant they say is “slowly killing” them.


Shadbolt comedy show cancelled after report questioning his mayoral performance

A comedy show featuring Sir Tim Shadbolt has been called off by his fellow performer after the release of a report criticising the Invercargill mayor’s performance.


Auckland Zoo announces decision to rehome elephants Burma and Anjalee

Burma and Anjalee need a “family herd” for long-term wellbeing, and they can't get that at the zoo, staff say.


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Heir to Getty family fortune found dead aged 52

John Gilbert Getty, 52, was an heir to billionaire oil tycoon J Paul Getty. His cause of death is currently unknown but foul play is not suspected.


Trump plans to attend Republican election hearing with Rudy Giuliani

Rudy Giuliani's efforts to reverse the election result have gained little traction, and the president's appearance alongside his longtime private lawyer risks further tarnishing his legacy.


Covid-19: Efficacy not the be all and end all with new vaccines

ANALYSIS: Data coming through from phase 3 trials are encouraging, but we can't be sure these coronavirus vaccines will work as well in everyone.


Epstein fixer Ghislaine Maxwell said to have torch flashed in face every 15 minutes

One of Maxwell's attorneys said that her client is awakened every 15 minutes in jail while she sleeps to ensure she's breathing.


One of Australia's most famous beaches is disappearing, and Byron Bay's storms aren't to blame

Storms or tropical cyclones usually get the blame when beaches suffer severe erosion. But at picturesque Byron Bay, another force is at play.


Covid-19: Spain’s death rate at over 200 a day, body collectors prove to be vital

Picking up bodies requires true mettle, a combination of empathy and respect, balanced with the pride of doing what has to be done.


Covid-19: With no active cases, Victoria is days away from 'eliminating' coronavirus

Australian state has recorded zero active cases for the first time in almost nine months.


North Korean gymnast escapes to South Korea by vaulting over 3 metre border fence

Officials didn't believe the gymnast's story - so he had to show them again how he got over the fence.


Pizza worker 'deeply sorry' for actions that sparked South Australia lockdown

Spanish man, 36, at centre of unnecessary coronavirus shutdown is in quarantine and fears his personal details will be made public, lawyer says.


US election: Trump vents about vote as agencies aid Biden transition

US President insists he's not giving up the election fight, as details emerge that senior aides privately urged Trump to let the transition of President-elect Joe Biden to the White House go ahead.


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Why former All Black Liam Messam thought Steve Hansen 'hated' him

Loose forward Liam Messam reveals how tough Steve Hansen was on him early in his career.


Explained: Why rugby teams kick away hard-earned possession so much

The All Blacks have made a success out of handing opponents the ball. Here's why.


Israel Adesanya rated MMA's biggest star by ESPN

The New Zealand superstar has landed another notable blow to his rivals by heading ESPN's first MMA Power Rankings.


America's Cup: Team New Zealand release behind the scenes look at new boat, Te Rehutai

Team New Zealand provide an in-depth look at the build of the boat they hope will successfully defend the America's Cup.


Konrad Hurrell and Krisnan Inu named in Super League Dream Team

Accolades flow for Krisnan Inu and Konrad Hurrell - team-mates at the Warriors in 2012.


New Zealand Cricket chair Greg Barclay gains one of sport's most powerful jobs

The Auckland-based lawyer has been elected to one of the most powerful jobs in sport.


Covid-19: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp baffled by crowd limits that disregard capacities of stadiums

Klopp expressed incredulity at potential limits on crowds of just 2000 people, as he launched a fresh attack on the UK Government's handling of the pandemic.


Black Caps vs West Indies: Teams to meet to discuss potential Black Lives Matter action

Teams will meet this week to discuss what action to take in support of Black Lives Matter during their upcoming series.


Black Caps vs West Indies: Mitchell Santner's callup changes selection picture for test series

Mitchell Santner's batting ability gives coach Gary Stead more choice as he ponders his options ahead of next week's first test.


Keith Titmuss passed medical tests at Manly in days before death

Sea Eagles' Keith Titmuss didn’t raise any red flags during a series of club medical checks that were conducted just days before he died.



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